More and more property owners are retrofitting homes and businesses for energy and resource efficiency. At the same time, new buildings must meet higher efficiency standards. This growing demand for “green” construction translates into new job opportunities, but only for workers who have the proper skills and credentials. That’s why “green” job training should be … Continue reading Promoting “Green” Jobs
The President’s proposal to limit greenhouse gas emissions from power plants is a big step forward. Today’s editorial in the New York Times says it well: The greenhouse gas reductions required by the Obama administration’s proposed rule on power plants will not get the world to where it has to go to avert the worst … Continue reading Bravo!
Right on the heels of unsettling UN reports that examine the impact of climate change world-wide, a new National Climate Assessment describes the effects and risks of climate change here in the United States. From torrential rainfall in the northeast, to beetle infestations that are killing millions of acres of forest in the northwest, to … Continue reading Latest Climate Report Says The Same Thing As Every Other Climate Report
For decades, the Regional Plan Association (RPA) has played a vital role in shaping the growth of the New York metropolitan area, addressing the interrelated challenges of transportation, development, sustainability, infrastructure, and land use. The professionals enlisted by RPA are among the most highly-respected in the world, and their efforts have a significant impact on … Continue reading The Fourth Regional Plan
The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), the preeminent global authority on climate issues, has just released its latest report, detailing impacts, adaptation strategies, and areas of greatest vulnerability. It makes for grim reading, even with the report’s assurances that effective policy-making can still make a positive difference. Money quote: “the effects of climate change … Continue reading “All Continents and Across the Oceans”
At a time when most New Yorkers are are still recovering from this past winter’s surplus of snowfall, it may be hard to work up much concern for a drought on the other side of the country. But we should be concerned, because the record-breaking dry-spell in California and other western states matters to everyone. … Continue reading The Drought Out West